Director’s Letter – Fall 2018


Dear friends and affiliates of the Jordan Center:

Greetings to all from 19 University Place, the home of the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. As the temperatures outside in New York City cast doubt on whether the summer is actually coming to an end, I can ensure you that we are gearing up for another exciting semester here at the Jordan Center.

Once again, we have a packed scheduled of seminars, colloquia, and occasional lectures.   We’ll kick things off this Friday at 12:30 with a book talk from Professors Hilary Appel (Claremont McKenna College) and Mitchell Orenstein (University of Pennsylvania) on their new book From Triumph to Crisis: Neoliberal Economic Reform in Postcommunist Countries. Over the next four months, we’ll host 17 lectures/symposiums during the fall semester, including additional book talks from Mark Galeotti and Tony Wood.

As always, the highlight of our fall semester will be our annual Jordan Center Distinguished Lecture, given this year by University of California, Berkeley, historian Yuri Slezkine on “The Life and Death of the Russian Revolution”. Please note that the lecture will be a little later than usual this fall, taking place on November 9th at 4:00 PM and, as always, followed by a reception. We very much hope you can join us at what has fast become an important Jordan Center tradition!

I am also extremely happy to report that Maya Vinokour has agreed to continue in her new role as Editor of our popular All the Russias blog. If you are interested in submitting a contribution to the blog, please check out our submission guidelines. Huge thanks are also due to the original editor and founder of the blog, Eliot Borenstein, for his help in facilitating this transition and willingness to stay on as a regular contributor.

Finally, I regretfully write with bittersweet news, which is that the Jordan Center Program Administrator, Heather Messina, is leaving us after three and a half years to move on to a new position with additional responsibilities at Columbia University. As many of you know, the Jordan Center is a very lean operation, with only one full time employee. Thus the title “Program Administrator” does not do nearly adequate justice in describing everything Heather has done these past years to make the center run as smoothly as it has. I hope that all of you who have benefited from Heather’s incredible administrative support will join me in thanking her for everything she has done for the Jordan Center and wishing her the best of luck in her future endeavors.

In the meantime, we would love your help in identifying any potential candidates for her position. We are well on our way in this process and have begun screening applicants, but if you know anyone who would be a good fit for the position, please consider encouraging them to apply as soon as possible! External applicants can apply here, while internal NYU applicants can apply here. A description of the job and requirements can be found here.

In the meantime, we hope to make as smooth a transition to our next Program Director as possible, but we would also ask for your patience during this process.   Our packed schedule of Fall Semester events will all proceed as planned, but we are going to hold off on adding additional events until we have hired a new Program Director.

Hope everyone has a great semester, and looking forward to seeing all of you at the Jordan Center often! As always, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. And if you’d like to support the work of the center, please consider making a donation.


Joshua A. Tucker